By Chris Hayes
New York Times best-selling writer and Emmy Award–winning information anchor Chris Hayes argues that there are rather Americas: a Colony and a Nation.
America loves to inform itself that it inhabits a postracial global, but approximately each empirical measure―wealth, unemployment, incarceration, college segregation―reveals that racial inequality has slightly stronger in view that 1968, whilst Richard Nixon grew to become our first “law and order” president. With the readability and originality that exclusive his prescient bestseller, Twilight of the Elites, Chris Hayes upends our nationwide dialog on policing and democracy in a e-book of wide-ranging historic, social, and political analysis.
Hayes contends our kingdom has fractured in : the Colony and the kingdom. within the country, we venerate the legislation. within the Colony, we obsess over order, worry trumps civil rights, and competitive policing resembles profession. A Colony in a Nation explains how a rustic based on justice now seems like whatever uncomfortably just about a police kingdom. How and why did americans construct a method the place stipulations in Ferguson and West Baltimore replicate those who sparked the yankee Revolution?
A Colony in a Nation examines the surge in crime that all started within the Sixties and peaked within the Nineties, and the unparalleled decline that undefined. Drawing on close-hand reporting at flashpoints of racial clash, in addition to deeply own reviews with policing, Hayes explores cultural touchstones, from the influential “broken home windows” idea to the “squeegee males” of late-1980s big apple, to teach how worry motives us to make harmful and unlucky offerings, either in our society and on the own point. With nice empathy, he seeks to appreciate the demanding situations of policing groups haunted via the omnipresent hazard of weapons. most vital, he exhibits extra democratic and sympathetic justice method already exists―in a spot we least suspect.
A Colony in a Nation is an important book―searing and insightful―that will reframe our puzzling over legislation and order within the years to come.
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This rhetoric and framing would become the template to justify forty years of escalating incarceration: Order is necessary for liberty to flourish. If we do not have order, we can have no other rights. It would dominate the politics of both parties over the next three decades, as crime continued to climb. Fear for one’s own body against a violent predator, for the sanctity and safety of one’s hearth against incursions by the depraved—these kinds of political issues operate far below the frontal cortex, deep beneath the dry talk of policy or tax rates.
The same goes for dealers in, say, Westside Baltimore or the South Side of Chicago or the South Bronx, or northern Maine or eastern Kentucky or South Central Los Angeles. Sure, the drug trade is illegal, reckless, and destructive, but it encourages commerce in places where the legitimate economy produces few jobs. While dealers and “the street” are viewed skeptically, often angrily, they also command status. Dealers, like smugglers, become institutions—the way, say, New Englanders viewed John Hancock in the years leading to the revolution.
Under the British colonial system (and indeed for the first century of the United States), the lion’s share of taxes was assessed as tariffs: duties imposed on those wishing to import or export goods. These tariffs were central to the entire colonial system erected by England and other empires during the era of mercantilist trade wars that dominated the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Under British law (codified in the Navigation Acts), merchants and consumers in the colonies had to import nearly all of their products from British companies and pay very steep tariffs to do it.
A Colony in a Nation by Chris Hayes